| Adam Stubley
It’s the bane of many women’s lives – those lumpy, orange peel like dimples that make themselves at home on our thighs and bottoms. In other words…CELLULITE!
But, there are ways to minimise their appearance through a combination of healthy eating, exercise, body care and creams. That said, it’s important to remember that cellulite affects around 85% of women and it’s nothing to be ashamed of.
Love your body, Love yourself.
Dry Brush Your Body
In essence, dry brushing is a combination of exfoliation and massage that involves taking a dry brush and moving it over your body in slow, circular motions two to three times a week. The firm bristles of the brush give your skin a thorough exfoliation, while the pressure helps to stimulate your circulation and lymphatic drainage, which can help the body eliminate the toxins which can contribute to cellulite. It’s best to do this before you shower, for about three to five minutes. But be gentle, don’t press too hard and definitely no scrubbing. You’re aiming for gentle exfoliation!
Relax Your Mind And Soul
We’re often guilty of rushing around like crazy, without ever finding time to relax and unwind. But that kind of lifestyle can lead to our bodies becoming super unhealthy. When someone feels under stress, they produce cortisol and this chemical is pumped into the body. In addition to causing a host of other problems, cortisol can actually encourage the body to start to store fat. And as more fat accumulates, so can the appearance of cellulite. Yoga can help reduce stress and moving from pose to pose can help increase circulation and the flow of lymphatic fluid.
Embrace Healthy Eating
While cellulite can target anyone, whatever their weight, it makes sense to opt for a healthy diet. Increase fruit and vegetable intake, especially blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and cranberries. Reduce simple, processed carbs which can cause high blood insulin levels and promote fat formation. Instead, choose small amounts of whole grain low GI carbs such as multi-grain bread, sweet potato and legumes to help stabilise blood sugars and insulin levels. Include healthy fats. Replace saturated fats with healthy omega-3 fats such as oily fish, flaxseed, fish oils and nuts.
e’lifexir Bodylift Anti-Cellulite & Lifting Cream is part of the e’lifexir targeted body care range, created from natural and organic plant and fruit extracts.
It offers a triple anti-cellulite effect.
Sundews leaf, a carnivorous plant, helps to smooth the skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Dragon eye extract protects the skin tissues through its antioxidant action and improves skin texture.
Black elder extract helps improve microcirculation and decongestion of the skin tissue while cherry, cranberry and orange water help protect the skin.
Up your exercise game
Find a sport or class you absolutely love and find the time to get involved. Firming the muscle underneath the cellulite will help smooth the skin’s appearance. Focus on strength-training moves that build up the hamstrings, quads, buttocks and hips. Aim for training the lower body at least twice a week, increasing the weight over time to challenge your muscles. Interval training — which involves varying the intensity of your activity — is a great way to burn body fat.